Fair Isle is a type of stranded knitting that hails from Scotland, and traditionally, it uses a total of five colors or less — and a maximum of two colors per row — to produce motifs such as stripes, stars and swirls. But if you're more savvy with a hook than needles, crocheters can replicate this gorgeous style with a bit of strategic stitching. Here are some must-know tips to get you started.
Stranded knitting uses two or more colors to create stitches. Unlike knitting big blocks of color, stranded knitting changes colors constantly, which can cause floats, puckering and general confusion, especially for those who've never attempted this type of colorwork before.
From graphic stripes to more complicated double knitting, hats are the perfect canvas to practice and learn new skills. They're pretty small, so you aren't committing to a lifetime of knitting a technique you may not love, and except for some crown shaping, they're basically just knitting a tube — by keeping the structure simple, you're free to focus on your new skill. So when you're in the market to try something new, check out one of these skill-building hats.
Are you left stranded looking for the perfect way to learn colorwork knitting? This class from our partners at Interweave unlocks the secrets of stranded knitting, sharing the ins and out of colorwork with designer, author and instructor Kyle Kunnecke. You'll get an overview of color theory (including tips for choosing the best color combos), the basic techniques for stranded knitting, tips on how to easily read charts, and an overview of locked floats so there are no more loose strands to catch on the back of your fabric!